Undergraduate and graduate students, in a team or individually, are asked to generate no more than 3 maps (one map is perfectly acceptable) that illustrate a research question related to any of the categories detailed on the second page. Particularly noteworthy submissions will have the opportunity to brief officials on their findings. These maps may be used to inform policy decisions, as well as spreading awareness about the value of geospatial analysis for health.
Maps can be analytic (examining relationships between multiple domains, phenomena, or data sources) or descriptive (depicting a single phenomenon or data source). While analytic projects are ideal, descriptive projects will be accepted as long as students/teams describe why their map depicts a unique phenomenon. Similarly, while international maps are preferred, domestic maps will be accepted if the student/team can provide justification as to why a map focusing on the U.S. is necessary (e.g., U.S. data sets on a given topic are the most comprehensive).
Recommended Starting Points
● World Health Organization
● Demographic and Health Survey
● CDC National Health Interview Survey
● ArcGIS (available for free trial online, as well as in many school libraries)
● Google Maps
● Adobe illustrator/InDesign (free trial available online)
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